Time capsule 4th generation review: Apple Time Capsule (Summer 2011) review: Apple Time Capsule (Summer 2011)

Apple Time Capsule (Summer 2011) review: Apple Time Capsule (Summer 2011)

Apple’s updated 2TB Time Capsule router/network attached storage drive offers faster network performance, as well as faster storage, and more of it for the dollar than the previous $299 model. Those improvements are welcome, not least because they return the Time Capsule to competitiveness next to ad hoc router/NAS combinations, and a true Time Capsule-competitor device from LaCie. If you demand advanced networking features from your router you will wish Apple allowed more granular control of the Time Capsule, but for casual Windows and OS X users, the latter in particular, the 2TB model at least is a fair deal for such a versatile network device.

If you’re familiar with Apple’s Time Capsule line, you will find few surprises in this updated version. Where before Apple offered dual-band networking and 1TB of network storage in the $299 Time Capsule, Apple now offers 2TB for the same price, with a 3TB model going for a harder-to-understand $499.

Aside from the hard-drive capacity upgrade, it might seem as if Apple hasn’t changed much with the new Time Capsule. It has the same array of ports: a WAN input, three Ethernet jacks, and a USB input, as well as the same minimalist design as the previous model. Setting up and managing the Time Capsule are also the same as before. Apple’s AirPort Utility controls the wireless network for both OS X and Windows, the hard drive appears as a standard networked storage device, and on OS X, you use Apple’s Time Machine software to manage software backups.

In addition to those updates, we found that Apple has taken some very noticeable steps to improve the Time Capsule’s wireless networking performance. Compared with several leading standard routers, the old Time Capsule, as well as LaCie’s competing router/back up device the Wireless Space, the Time Capsule posts respectable performance at both the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz wireless bands.

5.0GHz tests (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

100 feet    15 feet   

Apple Time Capsule (2TB, summer 2011)

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Cisco Linksys E4200 (January 2011)



Asus RT-N56U (March 2011)



Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (winter 2009)


Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)



2.4GHz tests (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Mixed-mode, 15 feet    100 feet    15 feet   

Cisco Linksys E4200 (January 2011)




Asus RT-N56U (March 2011)




Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)




Apple Time Capsule (2TB, summer 2011)

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Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (winter 2009)




The new Time Capsule doesn’t win across the board, but it posts the best 5.0GHz performance on the market at 100 feet, and is third at 15 feet to only Apple’s new AirPort Extreme Wireless Base Station, and the Editors’ Choice-winning Asus RT-N56U router from earlier this year. Its 2.4GHz results are almost the exact opposite, where it leads all routers at 15 feet, but comes in only in the middle of the pack at 100 feet and in mixed 802.11n and G wireless modes.

We can only speculate as to the reasons behind the improved performance. It’s possible that Apple added one of the new 450Mbps wireless chips to the Time Capsule. It could also be because of other factors, such as an overall power boost similar to the one that Apple seems to have applied to the new AirPort Extreme. Regardless, the Time Capsule boasts competitive performance among other wireless routers, and also completely outperforms its one true functional competitor in the LaCie Wireless Space.

Although the LaCie Wireless Space offers similar wireless networking and storage features to the Time Capsule, it’s easy enough to mimic the basics of that combined functionality by simply connecting an external hard drive to a router via USB. For that reason, we must also consider the Time Capsule’s storage performance compared with the Wireless Space, as well as with those more ad hoc arrangements.

Network storage performance (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Write    Read   

Apple Time Capsule (2TB, summer 2011)



Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (summer 2011)



Asus RT-N56U (March 2011)



Cisco Linksys E4200 (January 2011)



The results of our read and write performance tests allow us to draw less equivocal conclusions than our networking tests, at least compared with devices that are also routers. The Time Capsule outperforms all of its Wi-Fi-enabling competition in terms of basic data read and write speeds, regardless of whether competing devices have an internal hard drive, like the Wireless Space, or an external drive like the others.

Its performance against dedicated NAS drives is less clear-cut. The Time Capsule boasts reasonably competitive write speed compared with the 2TB Western Digital, Iomega, and Seagate drives, but it can’t offer even half as much read performance as those drives that all cost less than $200. That signals to us that Apple sees the Time Capsule as primarily a backup device and for consumer-oriented local file sharing. If you need a low-cost storage device to transfer large files between systems, such as in a multi-workstation video-editing environment, you’ll save transfer time if you opt for a standalone NAS drive.

Other than the updated performance and storage capacity, this new Time Capsule has the same positive and negative characteristics as previous models. The USB port on the back lets you add an external hard drive or a networked printer for use in OS X, Windows, or both. You can also use a USB hub to expand the number of ports and connect multiple shared devices at once. The one drawback we found with networked hard drive: while a Windows system can read and write to a drive that’s formatted in OS X’s HSF+ drive format, an OS X-based system on the network won’t be able to detect the drive connected to the Time Capsule if it’s in Windows’ NTFS format.

The Time Capsule also deserves credit for working seamlessly with Apple’s Time Machine application that allows for automated system backups. In tandem, the two essentially offer care-free system restore point logging, and make it simple to revert to a particular state. Apple has said the Time Capsule offers a server-grade hard drive, and while we won’t rehash the recent, seemingly debunked controversy regarding this claim, we will say that if you require more robust backup stability, you’ll need to either spend more for a higher-end enterprise hard drive, or look into 2TB of cloud storage space.

With regard to the configurability of its wireless network, the Time Capsule has some useful basic features, but more-advanced users will wish it offered more options. Setting up a guest network, for example, is easy to do thanks to a series of intuitive setup screens that let you provide Internet access to visitors without exposing your own network and connected data. If you demand features like port-forwarding, Web traffic metering, or other more-advanced network management options, you should look to another router.

Service and support
Apple’s default warranty plan covers the Time Capsule out of the box with a yearlong warranty and 90 days of phone-based support. You cannot extend those terms specifically for the Time Capsule, but if you choose to extend the coverage for another Apple device, those extra terms will also apply to the Time Capsule. At least the default coverage plan is in keeping with that of other routers.

The usability and basic functionality of Apple’s new Time Capsule has not changed compared with older iterations of the device, but expanded hard-drive space for the dollar and improved networking performance keep it competitive with similar devices and device combinations in its price range. We’d prefer that Apple offered faster data read speed to go along with its fast writing, and we also wish Apple would let users configure some more-advanced networking options. Still, thanks to its good looks, its simple setup, and its generally easy-to-use network management and backup features, the Time Capsule is an appropriately capable device for the consumer audience it was designed to please.

Time Capsule Wi-Fi base station review

Time Capsule should be the 2008 equivalent of what a fax machine was a generation or so ago. The fax machine slapped a scanner, printer, and modem into one box, and swept the world in the ’70s and ’80s through a combination of simplicity and utility. Time Capsule,
unveiled at this year’s Macworld Expo, pairs an internal hard drive for networked Leopard backups via Time Machine with all the sophistication and ports of a 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station for the fastest possible Wi-Fi and Ethernet communication. In initial testing, Time Capsule didn’t live up to its potential. But three weeks after it shipped to early adopters, it hit its stride when Apple released a set of updates to Time Machine, Leopard’s AirPort drivers, and the Time Capsule firmware.

Using Time Capsule shouldn’t be frustrating: As an appliance it should work day in and day out reliably and predictably. Its stark white industrial design—a footprint just slightly larger than the 2007 AirPort Extreme Base Station—is supposed to be soothing to home users who don’t care what’s hidden inside. Users should expect that after setup, they will receive fast and rock-solid regular backup of their networked Macs, along with easy retrieval of archived items.

In my first pass in testing the unit, I didn’t find that to be the case. But
Apple’s updates seem to have smoothed down the rough edges, improving Time Machine and networking throughput while adding a valuable option that offsets much of the design limitation of having a sealed internal drive. If you read early reports of the Time Capsule or were an early purchaser, the device deserves a second look just two dozen days after we got
our first glance at it.

Apple’s Time Capsule

In testing, Time Capsule’s speed was comparable to networked Leopard backup, and—for comparison—EMC Retrospect used with a networked backup volume. While its speed as an AFP server isn’t fantastic—it’s about half to a third the speed of Leopard-to-Leopard transfers—it’s fast enough for most users.

To get the most out of their hardware, all Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme Base Station users should download and install the
Time Capsule and AirPort Base Station (802.11n) Firmware 7.3.1 update, and the companion
Time Machine and AirPort Updates v1.0 update for Leopard.

Networked Time Machine

Time Capsule works exactly like two separate products: the
AirPort Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet ( ) on which it’s based, and a networked hard drive. As a base station and Ethernet switch, Time Capsule performed as admirably as the AirPort Extreme Base Station, having essentially identical throughput and features.

Time Capsule’s internal and attached drives appear as selections when choosing a drive for a Time Machine backup; the name of the Time Capsule appears in parentheses after the drives name—“TC” in this case.

As a networked file server, Time Capsule’s internal drive appears as a potential destination for Leopard’s Time Machine backup feature. Time Machine can store archives on a separate hard drive on a computer on which it’s running—not a partition on the startup drive, but a physically different drive. It can also copy files over a network to a drive attached to another machine running the end-user version of
Leopard, to a
Leopard Server system, or to a Time Capsule.

After configuring Time Capsule for a local network, its internal drive, as well as an external drive connected via its USB port or a USB hub connected to the USB port, appear as potential target volumes in Time Machine; you don’t need to connect to the Time Capsule AFP server in the Finder for those volumes to appear as options for Time Machine. (While 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Stations were initially promised this feature during Leopard’s preview,
it was dropped when Leopard shipped. The 7.3.1 firmware update for AirPort Extreme coupled with the Time Machine and AirPort update for Leopard
appears to allow the use of mounted AFP drives: that is, they don’t appear in the list unless mounted, which is a change from previous behavior. Several Macworld editors were able to confirm this feature in testing, but it’s not mentioned in release notes, and Apple declined to comment. Your mileage may vary.)

Time Machine stores files on remote backup volumes as a “sparse” disk-image that can change storage size dynamically as contents are modified, rather than allocating a specific and unchanging size when created.

Time Capsule can be used as a source to restore files to the machine that created the backup via Time Machine; used with Migration Assistant to move files to a new system; and used to restore a system that’s booted with the Leopard installation DVD. The sparse image files can also be mounted over a network to retrieve files manually, or copied as a monolithic file for an archive of the entire backup set stored in the sparse image.

Apple boasts that Time Capsule features a “server-grade” drive. When asked for a definition, the company said that it’s the same model of drive used in the company’s
Xserve rack-mounted servers, operating at 7,200 rpm, and that the devices were designed for long periods of operation without the potential for failure. Almost all drives of this caliber should run for several years without failing, while most of these drives will last even longer.

However, drive lifetime is based on ambient conditions. If you use a Time Capsule in a room that heats up, even the quiet internal fan in the device may not be able to keep the drive well within the defined tolerances. This decreases a drive’s lifetime and reliability. Xserves are typically used only in temperature-controlled server rooms and co-location facilities.

And even a fast drive is hamstrung by slow networking software. Time Capsule’s AFP performance lags behind that of stand-alone Macs due to either inefficient server software or a sluggish processor, or both. A 1.07GB file took 40 seconds to transfer between two Leopard systems over AFP on a Gigabit network (about 200 Mbps), but the same file took 115 seconds to copy directly from a Time Machine backup folder to a Leopard system (about 75 Mbps). Once the Time Capsule firmware update was installed, AFP performance increased to this rate, an improvement of about 25 percent. (This method was used to isolate AFP performance from Time Machine performance.)

With Time Machine added into the mix, performance suffered in initial testing, with speeds as low as 15 Mbps on multiple networks and systems tested with Time Capsule’s internal drive, regardless of whether backups were run over gigabit Ethernet or Wi-Fi. However, an obscure network setting change quadrupled backup throughput. Apple was clearly aware that something was awry with Leopard’s networking performance, as it fixed Leopard’s networking system through the March software updates, obviating the need to change this setting. Depending on the size and number of files being backed up, throughput ranged from 45 to 60 Mbps over gigabit Ethernet. This would put an initial 100GB backup at 4 to 6 hours.

Time Machine appears to run only slightly slower when using the best 802.11n Wi-Fi configuration (wide channels in 5GHz) with the Time Capsule than when a computer is directly connected via Gigabit Ethernet. Backups over 802.11g (using computers that predate most Macs released starting in October 2006) are painfully slow for an initial backup, however. (Apple recommends that the fastest network method be used for an initial backup overnight; all Leopard-capable Macs with 802.11g Wi-Fi also have at least 100 Mbps Ethernet built in.)

Time Machine can’t be configured without third-party hacks—one of them disabled by the latest Leopard updates—to perform backups less frequently than hourly. On an 802.11g network with multiple computers using e-mail programs like Entourage that create large databases which have to be entirely backed up each time, this won’t be a reasonable solution. Turning Time Machine off except when backups are needed tends to defeat the purpose of automated backups. This problem applies to all networked Time Machine backups, of course.

Pumped-up base station

Time Capsule resembles its cousin, the AirPort Extreme Base Station. It has the same array of connections: four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one USB port. Three of the Ethernet ports act as a local area network switch. The fourth is designated to connect to either a DSL or cable modem for a broadband connection, or to a larger-scale local network of which the Time Capsule is a part. The single USB port can accept a connection to a hard drive or printer or to a USB hub to which multiple printers and hard drives may be connected.

Time Capsule offers the same connections you’ll find on the back of an AirPort Extreme Base Station.

The tidy device sheds the base station’s modest external power brick for an internal power supply, offering a 6-foot AC cable instead. An internal hard drive purrs quietly; I had to put my ear up against the unit to hear the hum of fan and drive.

Apple updated its AirPort Utility software to version 5.3 for OS X 10.4 or later or Windows XP SP2 or Vista to support Time Capsule, providing a new option for erasing the internal drive. Other drives must be formatted and partitioned separately; the Time Capsule drive cannot be partitioned into separate logical volumes. (The new utility allows all 2003-and-later AirPort base stations to have their Bonjour name changed, a nice touch since Leopard more readily displays that name.) After Time Capsule shipped,
Apple released version 5.3.1 of AirPort Utility.

Time Capsule requires no special configuration. However, Apple took the opportunity to add three options in this revised AirPort Utility to simplify network setup for both Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme. The first allows configuration to be cloned from an existing base station. In testing, this mostly worked. I used a static, publicly routable IP address on the wide-area network interface on my existing AirPort Extreme Base Station; that address wasn’t picked up and had to be entered manually.

AirPort Utility will also aid in setting up a two-band network, in which Time Capsule (or another AirPort Extreme with 802.11n connectivity) is set to the largely unused 5GHz frequency band, over which most Macs introduced since October 2006 can connect at the highest speed, while an existing base station that uses the more crowded 2. 4GHz spectrum is reconfigured to obtain its network connection from the newer model. The software also sets up networks in which multiple base stations are connected via an Ethernet backbone. (Neither of these options were tested for this review.)

No special Mac OS X or Windows software is needed to access printers, the internal hard drive, or external drives connected to the base station; drives are shared via both Samba and AFP (Apple Filing Protocol). AFP is used for Time Machine backups, which require OS X 10.5.2 with Time Capsule. Externally connected drives must be formatted as journaled HFS+ partitions to be usable as Time Machine backups.

Bug fixes and feature adds

Before Apple’s updates to the Time Capsule firmware, I found the device rather fragile compared to the stability of the AirPort Extreme Base Station. Several times in testing, I was forced to restart Time Capsule, including once using the device’s recessed Reset button. This shouldn’t be necessary except in extreme cases. With the firmware updated, these problems seemed to disappear, although exact circumstances are difficult to reproduce precisely. For instance, a problem in which erasing the Time Capsule’s internal disk resulted in a never-ending dialog that the erase option was starting couldn’t be duplicated after the 7.3.1 firmware was installed.

Time Capsule, like the AirPort Extreme, accepts almost no new settings without restarting—a particular problem when backups are in progress. The original AirPort Utility 5.3 that shipped with Time Capsule failed to warn me when I was about to interrupt a backup or drop connected users; the revised 7.3.1 software provides an explanation of what will happen.

An important addition in the latest firmware and AirPort Utility dramatically changed my opinion about the closed nature of the internal drive, which can’t be swapped. Typically, I recommend that even home users keep at least one off-site backup to avoid losing precious files in a fire or other disaster. At first, Time Capsule seemed to encourage a single backup kept in the same place as the computers backing up to its drive; laptops might come and go from a network, but desktops and Time Capsule would remain, making them vulnerable to disasters.

Apple added an option to copy the contents rapidly of Time Capsule’s internal drive to a drive connected via USB to allow a form of off-site backups.

The revised software and firmware adds an Archive option in the Disks tab of AirPort Utility that can copy the contents of the internal drive to a drive connected via USB without a computer mediating—and thus slowing down—the operation. Clicking Archive allows you to copy the full current state of the drive; you can’t choose what to copy. The external USB drive, which can be chosen from multiple drives if you have more than one attached, isn’t erased, and must have enough free storage space for the operation to complete successfully. (Archiving isn’t available between external USB drives, whether connected to a Time Capsule or an AirPort Extreme Base Station. )

In testing, Time Capsule copied at a decent 100 Mbps, which means, say, 300GB of backup sparse-image archives would be duplicated in less than 7 hours. While copying over USB, Time Capsule locks out Time Machine backups and file-server use, warning you in AirPort Utility before it occurs. Progress is shown in AirPort Utility, and Time Capsule’s LED shows amber until the operation is complete. Its networking features continue to work, however.

Macworld’s buying advice

Time Capsule seems ideally suited for a home network that hasn’t yet upgraded to an 802.11n wireless network (and, thus, doesn’t yet have a new AirPort Extreme Base Station). Time Capsule is a big improvement for such networks, although the $299 to $499 price tag may be slightly too high for that kind of casual user.

For those who already have an 802.11n AirPort Extreme, attaching an external drive or connecting a drive to another computer on the same network are both reasonable alternatives to Time Capsule.

Small offices might find Time Capsule a reasonable option, especially the 1TB flavor paired with regular archiving of the internal drive to an external drive that’s taken off-site for safety. However, Time Machine’s failure to allow configuration of frequency or time of day to perform backups could easily overwhelm a network that’s full of 802.11g devices, or an office that handles many photos and lots of video. Apple needs to consider an Advanced button in Time Machine to accommodate network backups that should happen when networks aren’t busy; hourly is too often.

Based on the significant improvements added via firmware, AirPort driver, and Time Machine updates, Time Capsule clearly wasn’t ready to ship to customers when it went out the door in late February. However, those updates have ironed out many of Time Capsule’s initial glitches, leaving a solid backup device in its place.

[Glenn Fleishman wrote
Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Extreme Network (Take Control Books, 2007), and writes daily about wireless networking at his site
Wi-Fi Networking News.

This article was updated at 3:35 p.m. PT to clarify a point made about keeping backups in the same place as the computers being backed up to a drive.

What lies in the «time capsule» in Yekaterinburg on Plotinka, founded in 1973 — April 3, 2023

The time capsule was laid in 1973. Very soon the time will come to open it


In the summer of 2023, the «time capsule» will be solemnly opened in Yekaterinburg. Exactly 50 years ago, it was laid in Sverdlovsk in order to pass on important and significant things of that time to the descendants. We found out who came up with this project, how the capsule was created, what was put into it, and found rare photographs from the solemn ceremony.

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Video: Maxim Butusov / E1.RU

In 1973, Sverdlovsk was getting ready to celebrate its 250th anniversary. Prepare for the event in advance. It was decided to break the Iset on the site where the Yekaterinburg plant (which laid the foundation for the city) was once installed, the Historical Square. By that time, most of the factory buildings had already been demolished.

An architectural and sculptural composition «The Birth of a City» was installed in the new Historical Square. Its author was Petr Dmitrievich Demintsev, who was then the chief architect of Gorproekt. The composition included a cartouche depicting the buildings of the plant and a text mentioning those who participated in the laying of the mountain plant-fortress, a recreated high relief for the «Builder of the City» and a «time capsule».

Such capsules with messages for posterity gained particular popularity in 1967, when the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution was celebrated. That year, they were laid all over the country, and it was prescribed to open the capsules 50 years later, in 2017 (by that time, the 100th anniversary of the revolution had already ceased to be a holiday).

The Time Capsule will be opened on the day of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Yekaterinburg


the family of Pyotr Demintsev (he, by the way, was the author of landmark objects for Sverdlovsk-Yekaterinburg: the Rubin building, the puppet theater, the House of Artists, the Stone Flower fountain on Labor Square). The son-in-law of the architect Nikolai Anikeev showed E1.RU photographs and documents.

Petr Dmitrievich Demintsev was born on March 30, 1921 in the village of Medveditsa, Yaransky district, Vyatka province (now Pizhansky district, Kirov region), into a peasant family. In 1934-1940 he studied at the Sverdlovsk Architectural College. He went to the front, was awarded the Order of the Red Star and the Order of the Patriotic War of the 2nd degree, medals, among which — «For Military Merit» and «For the Victory over Germany». After the Second World War, he studied at the Moscow Architectural Institute, then worked in the Sverdlovsk Gorproekt, from 1970 years — the chief architect of Gorproekt. Died December 4, 1984.

— Here is the original drawing of the «time capsule», one to one size. Pyotr Dmitrievich drew everything himself, — shows Nikolai Anikeev. — And what lies in the capsule is completely his development.

Sketch of the manhole cover that closes the «time capsule»


The drawing shows the manhole cover, which should close the «time capsule» sunk into the ground. “Open in 2223, on the day of the 500th anniversary of Sverdlovsk,” the inscription reads. Yes, initially they wanted to lay the capsule not for 50, but for 250 years. But then, probably, they decided not to think so far.

This is how the architectural and sculptural composition “The Birth of the City” looks like in 2023: cartouche and high relief “To the First Builder of the City”


Part of the composition is a high relief “To the First Builder of the City”. His first version of the work of the sculptor Pyotr Sherlaimov was opened for the 200th anniversary of Yekaterinburg. Unfortunately, the monument did not live up to the next anniversary.

“For several years a plaster high relief stood in the wall of the city dam at the corner of Lenina and Vojvodina streets. And then they forgot about him. And now he has appeared before us again. Appeared already in granite, ”wrote the Ural Worker in 1973.

This is a photograph of a lost gypsum high relief «For the Builder of the City», it was created in the twenties of the last century


The new high relief was made by the Sverdlovsk sculptor Konovalov based on the preserved photographs of the original. And the young stoker of the art school Alexei Gorokhov, who acted as a model, helped to create the «builder».

On the left is a high relief created in 1973, on the right is a photo of the sitter from whom The Builder of the City was copied


Now the high relief looks faded and unkempt

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Preparing the site for high relief in 1973. On the right — architect Demintsev



On the platform in front of the wall with high relief, you can see the very manhole cover, on which the year 2023 is no longer indicated, as in Demintsev’s drawing, but 2023. Under the lid there is a concrete “cushion”, and under it in an equipped well lies a stainless steel capsule. Its height is 140 centimeters, diameter is 60 centimeters.

This is what the “time capsule” looks like


Petr Dmitrievich Demintsev carefully recorded all those who were involved in the creation of the «time capsule». From his documents you can learn that it was made in the NIIkhimmash workshop, and the cover was cast at the Ural Compressor Plant according to the author’s drawing. Cartouche «City of Yekaterinburg, 1723» made by the sculptor V. A. Plekhanov, cast at the Sverdlovsk transport engineering plant named after Sverdlov (now Uraltransmash).

A list of things that it was decided to put in a capsule has been preserved, it was also written by Demintsev himself. There is also his explanation of what exactly and why should be passed on to future generations.

“Materials must be placed in the capsule that would give a modern, truthful portrait of the city,” writes Petr Dmitrievich on April 8, 1973. Everything will be of interest to posterity, both good and bad. The capsule materials are our message to the future, and I think they will be unique in 250 years. The duration of storage of materials is provided by the design of the capsule and the necessary technical means.

Pyotr Demintsev’s manuscript: a list of the contents of the capsule and a rationale for what exactly and why should be put


Audio and video materials were placed in the capsule. Probably, realizing that technological progress will make adjustments, they added a player and a film projector, on which it will be possible to watch and listen to greetings from the past.

Petr Demintsev’s archive contains two lists with items in the capsule. The first, handwritten, is dated April 8, 1973. It has 14 points:

  1. Appeal to the Sverdlovsk residents of 2223.
  2. City plan.
  3. Master plan diagram.
  4. Books about the city, factories, institutions, famous people of Sverdlovsk.
  5. Sets of the newspapers «Uralsky Rabochiy», «Vecherniy Sverdlovsk» and some factory printed newspapers for June-November 1973.
  6. Statistical data on the city, population, including materials for official use (on crime, etc.).
  7. The film «Sverdlovsk from a helicopter».
  8. View films about the city.
  9. Films about labor collectives, festive demonstrations, etc.
  10. Video recordings of the speech by A. N. Bychkova (leader of Sverdlovsk in 1929–30. — Note ed. ).
  11. Films of some theatrical productions, artistic groups.
  12. Recordings of songs about Sverdlovsk by Rodygin and other composers.
  13. Video recording of the trial. The film «5 minutes in a medical sobering-up station».
  14. Technical means for reproduction of images and sound.

Petr Dmitrievich Demintsev at site


The author next to his work. This is a cartouche depicting the buildings of the fortress-factory. He somewhat repeats the handwritten list, but, probably, the film about the sobering-up station was not taken out as a separate line (if at all they decided to pass it on to descendants). Data on crime was also left under a general formulation.

  1. Appeals to Sverdlovsk residents of the 21st century.
  2. City plan.
  3. Master plan diagram.
  4. Plan of the Historical Square.
  5. Books about the city, factories, institutions, famous people of Sverdlovsk.
  6. Sets of newspapers «Uralsky Rabochiy», «Vecherniy Sverdlovsk» and some factory printed newspapers for the last 3-5 months.
  7. City statistics.
  8. A new film about Sverdlovsk.
  9. Films about labor collectives, festive demonstrations, etc.
  10. Video recordings or sound recordings of A. N. Bychkova, noble people, leading officials of the city.
  11. Film reels of fragments of theatrical productions, concerts, artistic groups, etc.
  12. Recordings of songs about Sverdlovsk (by Rodygin and other composers).
  13. Photographs of leading regional and city officials, honorary citizens of the city, etc.
  14. Technical means for reproducing images and sound (a film projector with lenses and an anamorphic attachment, an autotransformer, an amplifier with a loudspeaker).

A “time capsule” will then be lowered into this well

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For the celebration 250- anniversary of Sverdlovsk on November 18, 1973, thousands of citizens came. Secretary of the CPSU city committee Grigory Knyazev said that the city was awarded the Order of Lenin in connection with the anniversary and «for the great revolutionary and labor merits of the workers, their outstanding role in the industrialization of the country, a significant contribution to the defeat of the Nazi invaders. »

Do you remember the Red Banner group that stood on Plotinka for a long time, and disappeared in 2009? It was created by the architect Galina Okhlupina (she told E1.RU in detail about this) just as the basis for the Order of Lenin. The order itself was made of gold and platinum, and a copy of it hung on the Red Banner group. She also disappeared (officials said that she “crumbled”). Now another copy is installed on a stele at the Sverdlov-Chelyuskintsev intersection not far from the railway station.



Let’s go back to 1973. All the first persons of the city came to the opening of the composition “The Birth of the City” and the laying of the “time capsule”, among them the “old communist” (as they wrote then) Anna Nikolaevna Bychkova. In 1929-30 she was the head of Sverdlovsk.

Second from the right in the first row — Anna Nikolaevna Bychkova


A lot of people came


The ceremony was attended by factory workers who participated in the manufacture of the cartouche and the “time capsule”

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Petr Demintsev himself was present , as well as the first secretary of the city committee of the CPSU Leonid Bobykin, the chairman of the city executive committee Alexei Pushkarev, several pioneers, including the grandson of Yakov Sverdlov named Yakov Sverdlov, and a Moscow schoolboy.

Ivan Travnikov, a hero of socialist labor, a machine-building plant fitter (he completed two plans in the five-year plan), read out an appeal to the people of Sverdlovsk. The document was placed in a capsule, where the rest of the items were already located, and a small crane lowered the heavy message to the descendants into an equipped two-meter pit. It was covered with a concrete “lid”, and a beautiful lid was placed on top.

The height of the capsule, judging by the notes of Peter Demintsev, is 140 centimeters, the diameter is 60 centimeters


The capsule was lowered with a crane


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A beautiful lid was placed on top



Capsules laid in the last century have already been opened in some Ural cities. So, in 2017, a message to descendants and photographs of graduates of 1967 years old. In the same year, a capsule was opened at Serov’s school.

Time capsule at Plotinka in Yekaterinburg. When will they open? — June 17, 2021

The time capsule should be opened in 2023, but it may happen even earlier


November 18, 1973, on day 250 anniversary of the city, a time capsule was laid in the Historical Square. Inside it are antiques, recordings of feature films and songs from the Sverdlovsk region and an appeal to posterity.

The capsule should be opened in 2023, when Yekaterinburg turns 300 years old. But there is a possibility that we will meet with the past earlier. The thing is that the Historical Square needs reconstruction, and the capsule can interfere with the repair.

Therefore, we decided to ask our readers what they would put in the capsule for those who open it in another 50 years (in 2073), if it had to be done now. Among the leaders are the obvious protective masks, sanitizers and pop-ita toys (what is this thing and why is it so popular, we figured it out in this material).

We publish the most interesting offers from our subscribers on VKontakte and Instagram.

Alena Aristova: medical mask. I hope it ends before 2073.

Alexey Lyzlov: 5000 ₽ banknote with the image of Yekaterinburg will be printed by this time? Put down the pack. And also take a flash mob photo with the townspeople on the city day and put a flash drive with these photos and a gold medal from the 2023 Universiade.

Maxim Ivanov: I have a healthy piece of the blown-up TV tower, I can break off some.

Boris Caesar: a couple of flash drives with the 100 best tiktok 2020 entries.

Stepan Zakharenko: Lisa Monetochka’s disc and a naked photo of Klava Koka, of course, what else?

Marina Zemtsova Tel. I would write that women take care of honor and dignity, men — responsibility and masculinity, and children — respect for their elders. So that everyone takes care of each other and nature. To not offend animals and not betray them.

Bill of lading Olesya: antiseptic and masks, as well as gloves. Autographs of Coca and Niletto. Our artists, although I do not listen to them. Some kind of anti-stress is a symbol of our time. Smartphone.

Dmitry Dmitriev: text: «Sorry, we screwed everything up.»

Vitaliy Kokoulin: put the electric scooter there.

Maria Maryanova: Iphone 12, pop-it toy and instructions for it, disposable masks, photographs of Yekaterinburg sights.

Evgeny Eremin: Nokia 3310.

Kostya Bretzer: It seems to me that we need to put a smartphone with a charger in it, pump a bunch of video messages, photos and audio messages there.

leyberov: now there will be pop-its and simple dimples with spinners.

dariata_ekb: you can add the albums of Buzova and Morgenstern as staples.

dj_zakharov: nothing is better than to disgrace yourself.

olya.fin: prices, current news, future plans, international situation, sights of Yekaterinburg, what popular names are given to children by Sverdlovsk residents.

and1eyy: you need to put reinforcement and a couple of sheets of OSB (oriented strand board. — Note ed. ). The future will be worth its weight in gold.

liudmilakiselman: photo of the new Sverdlovsk-Yekaterinburg. What new things have been built, what discoveries have been made in 50 years, people who, with their knowledge and work, are developing the city and the region! Wishes to descendants are our dreams.

kuznetsov_anton21: you need to put a map of Russia with the wish that the country be preserved and the territory and population not decrease.

evgeniia_iord: seeds of all crops! And all Soviet textbooks until 1964.

nadezhdafaizu: it is necessary to put canned food, drinking water, everything that can be stored for a long time. In 2073 there will be no clean water and normal food.

lady_in_happiness: Gazprom share. Cash it out in the year of the autopsy and donate it to charity.

nastena_nya: coronavirus, mask, scooter, hookah in a glass, pop-it.

ruslankozyrchikov: flash drive with Morgenstern tracks.

ortemiy_kashin: bitcoin wallet with 1 btc. Here’s an extra million to the budget of 2073 will not hurt.

germalinka: doshirak and gas water in plastic.

bikermalai: put a message — «Do not burn poplar fluff!»

alyonayume: «I would hug you, but I’m just a text» — this whole construction. Still disassembled.

romabirman: a bottle of good wine.

kaliinin: I propose to collect all the poplar fluff and push it there, the descendants will appreciate the trolling.

zapretniy_plod_zapretniy: an audio cassette, a vinyl record and a rotary home phone, and the legendary Nokia 3310 as a cherry on the cake.